I’m so happy to be a part of the Wicked Saints blog tour! This is the first in the Something Dark and Holy trilogy. The female protagonist is named Nadya and is a religious cleric from Kalyazin (Russian-inspired country). She is the last of her kind and can speak directly to the gods who share their abilities with her.
One (or two) of my favorite things about the book are the male main characters who are like this:
Malachiasz was inspired by Kylo Ren. I picture Serefin, the reluctant prince who is sick of all the politics as a bit like this:
Even though he is a powerful blood mage, no one in the kingdom takes Serefin seriously (destroy them!) and his father wants him dead (jealous turd).
Add to this some awesome loyal friends and a group of insane bird people with powerful magic (seriously, you just have to read it to find out more about these scary freaks, haha) and you’ve got a fantastic story. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
We were lucky enough to score a quick Q&A with the author.
Q: You mention goth boys on Twitter to partially describe Wicked Saints characters. I love goth/darkwave music. Do you have a favorite goth band or singer?
A: I actually lean way more metal than darkwave, but I have been listening to so much Priest lately! I don’t know who anyone is in the band because they wear masks. As one does.
Q: Which character in Wicked Saints do you identify the most with and why?
A: Serefin, alas. I, too, am very tired all the time and really just want to take a very long nap.
Q: How do you feel about LGBTQ+ rep in your work and if/how important is it to you to write diverse characters and storylines? Thanks!!!!!!!! ❤
A: I am careful how I talk about the LGBTQ+ rep in my work because in Wicked Saints it’s quiet and it’s not until the sequel where it becomes a lot more blatant. But the entire Tranavian cast is somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and it’s important for me that those aspects of the characters are just normal and an unquestioned part of their lives.
EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.